First case of coronavirus confirmed in Moscow

MOSCOW: authorities confirmed on Monday the first case of Moscow , saying that the patient had recently returned from Italy.

The anti-coronavirus task force said in a statement quoted by Russian news agencies that the young man had fallen ill on February 21 while on vacation in Italy.

The man, who resides outside Moscow , returned to Russia on February 23, and started showing signs of a respiratory viral , it said.

He sought medical help and was hospitalized on February 27. The tests confirmed the infection on Monday and its symptoms were not serious, according to the statement.

Almost 90,000 people have been infected in more than 60 countries and more than 3,000 people have been killed by COVID-19.

So far, Russia has managed to avoid a lot of infections and introduced a series of travel and visa restrictions.

Russia repatriated and quarantined several passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, three of which tested positive for the virus.

Two Chinese citizens in Russia were also infected and treated in Siberia.

Moscow has imposed a near blanket ban on Chinese visitors over coronavirus fears and has closed rail links with China and halted most flights.

The authorities have also announced restrictions on travel to Russia since I ran and South Korea, two countries affected by the outbreak, and recently advised against all non-essential foreign trips.